Arts group to host first spell­ing bee

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

ARTS or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ba re e ne re, will hold its in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Spell­ing Bee to­mor­row at the State Li­brary.

A spell­ing bee is a com­pe­ti­tion in which con­tes­tants are asked to spell a broad se­lec­tion of words with a vary­ing de­gree of dif­fi­culty. Ac­cord­ing to Ba re e ne re co-di­rec­tor Li­neo Se­goete the event, which is sched­uled to start at 9am, will see the high­est per­form­ers from 10 schools across the coun­try com­pet- ing to spell both English and Se­sotho words.

“At the Na­tional Spell­ing Bee, con­tes­tants will demon­strate their lit­er­acy skills by spell­ing words in both Se­sotho and English. There will be five stu­dents com­pet­ing at the pri­mary school level, and five stu­dents com­pet­ing at the high school level with a to­tal of 10 con­tes­tants,” said Se­goete.

“There will be two win­ners from each group and the pur­pose of the project is to en­cour­age Ba­sotho stu­dents to prac­tice and im­prove their lit­er­acy skills in­clud­ing vo­cab­u­lary, word struc­ture and writ­ing abil­i­ties. The re­gional and na­tional spell­ing bees also en­cour­age stu­dents to think on their feet un­der pres­sure and build con­fi­dence.”

She said the pri­mary school con­tes­tants con­sisted of stu­dents from Li­naka­neng Pri­mary School, St De­nis Pri­mary School, Monyake Pri­mary School, Ma­luti Ad­ven­tist School and Rako­beli Pri­mary School. The high school con­tes­tants would be Mokot­jana Sec­ondary School, Malubalube Sec­ond- ary School, Mopeli High School, Qho­laquoe High School and Rat’seou High School stu­dents.

“The 2015 Na­tional Spell­ing Bee was made pos­si­ble by the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions from part­ners in­clud­ing Friends of Le­sotho, US Em­bassy-maseru, Peace Corps, Metropoli­tan In­sur­ance, Of­fice Na­tional, Moun­tain View Ho­tel, Ho­tel Mount Ma­luti and DHL,” she said.

Ba re e ne re was founded in 2011 by Liepollo Ran­tekoa to ad­vance lit­er­ary arts in Le­sotho and con­nect Ba­sotho writ­ers and art-

ists with those in the re­gion and around the world. Af­ter Ran­tekoa trag­i­cally passed away in 2012, her friends and fam­ily united to carry on her vi­sion.

Se­goete added that their flag­ship project, Ba re e ne re Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val, that brings to­gether peo­ple from a va­ri­ety of back­grounds and ages in­clud­ing writ­ers, ed­i­tors, po­ets, stu­dents, artists and ed­u­ca­tors among oth­ers to share ideas on the lit­er­ary arts, would be held next month.

“From 5-6 De­cem­ber 2015, we will hold the fes­ti­val, host­ing panel dis­cus­sions, a writ­ing work­shop, a key­note lecture, cre­ative per­for­mances and arts ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren,” she said.

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